Martin Luther King Today

When I think of Martin Luther King I will first and foremost always think of a man that fought to unite people. Dr. King remains revered to this day because, despite all he did, there are still many in the world that seek to divide us. The divisive nature of these people has evolved just as we have however. They are more subtle, more subdued, more nuanced, but if you listen you can still hear the same message at the heart of their divisive rhetoric, “fear them for they are different”. Dr. King believed that we were all brother and sisters, in his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, the line that always stands out to me is this … “little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers”. This message is one that we as a nation need to hold close to our hearts. Today’s world is different to the world Dr. King grew up in and in almost every way it is a world for the better. I have a strong conviction that every generation will grow up and be greater than the preceding generation. The generation after mine will be even more compassionate, more giving, more conscious and I believe that is something that Dr. King strived for.

Dr. King’s words are still desperately needed in today’s world. Statistically we are safer than we have ever been as a people, yet the fear mongering never seems to subside. There will always be evil in the world, even in the best of us. Dr. King put it plainly when he said “There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.” The world does not need to be more divided. When a person believes they are fighting for the good of man, if it promotes divisiveness and hatred, even of those some may consider to be evil, does it really help? Does despising and scorning those considered evil do anything but create more hatred and evil? I do not believe this to be the case, and neither did Dr. King. Once again expressing it more concisely and eloquently than I ever could “Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” So on MLK day and indeed every day, try to love, it’s the only thing that will help.